Aliadiere's 2006 dream
By Ben Blackmore
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jeremie Aliadiere hopes Celtic can help him play in Germany 2006
New Celtic signing Jeremie Aliadiere has spoken of the great opportunity that he feels he is being given at Celtic Park.
The young Frenchman has spent several years at Arsenal, playing second fiddle to the irresistible Thierry Henry. However, with the 2006 World Cup just a year away, Aliadiere hopes to be playing alongside Henry in the French national side.
"That is a target," revealed Aliadiere. "France have got problems and that's one of the reasons I came here.
"The World Cup is only next summer and I know that if I do well with Celtic then it will be a possibility to go there.
"I definitely had to do something and I couldn't stay at Arsenal and not play for another season.
"I don't feel like this move has killed my World Cup hopes. Celtic are a big club and everybody is watching them."
Aliadiere came to English football with a widely regarded reputation as one of Europe's hottest young prospects. And new Celtic manager Gordon Strachan believes that the Frenchman's time at Highbury will certainly not have hindered his chances of fulfilling such potential.
The Scot said: "He has good movement and a good brain and he has been training with world-class players, and that's the best coaching he could ever get is watching top players."
Celtic youngster Craig Beattie has also issued his intention to make a big impact in Scottish football, even though he faces stiff competition for a forward birth.
Strachan prefers a system that operates with two strikers, which means that only two can play from Jeremie Aliadiere, John Hartson, Chris Sutton and Craig Beattie. And Beattie is more than up for the challenge.
"I didn't feel like I was being crowded out," said Beattie.
"During the summer I was renegotiating my contract so I knew that the club wanted me.
"It happens at this time of year that players come in and players go out but I am part of the squad and I am here for the foreseeable future so I am looking forward to it.
"It was not a concern when Martin went but you always think what if he has his own ideas and he doesn't fancy you.
"But everybody will be thinking that and not just myself. I have signed a contract extension and I am delighted.
"I want to play as much as possible. I don't want to be sitting in the stand every week.
"I just want to play like everybody else here so I am no different.
"My aim is for him to be thinking about me when he is picking his team every week.
"I want to make it difficult for him to decide what strikers he is going to play."